The latest Conn Smythe Trophy odds, per online bookmaker Bovada:
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 5/2
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 4/1
Drew Doughty (LAK) 4/1
Jonathan Quick (LAK) 11/2
Martin St. Louis (NYR) 7/1
Marian Gaborik (LAK) 7/1
Jeff Carter (LAK) 8/1
Derek Stepan (NYR) 30/1
Justin Williams (LAK) 30/1
Brad Richards (NYR) 30/1
Ryan McDonagh (NYR) 30/1
Rick Nash (NYR) 50/1
Mike Richards (LAK) 50/1
Dustin Brown (LAK) 50/1
Tyler Toffoli (LAK) 50/1
The consensus opinion is that Lundqvist will need to be outstanding if his New York Rangers are to upset the Los Angeles Kings. He’s already been excellent in these playoffs, with a 2.03 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. St. Louis, Stepan, and McDonagh each have 13 points, a three-way tie for the most on the team. (McDonagh at 30/1 might have some value.)
It the Kings end up winning, Quick would have to be beyond outstanding to capture his second Conn Smythe. He enters the series with a mediocre .906 save percentage, a far cry from the .946 mark he registered in 2012, when the Kings won their first Cup in franchise history. Which is why Kopitar and Doughty are the co-favorites from L.A, not the goalie. The former leads all playoff scorers with 24 points, while the latter has averaged 27:50 of ice time, tallying 16 points of his own.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger